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The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime

Author:   Judith Flanders ,  Jennifer M Dixon
Publisher:   Tantor Audio
ISBN:  

9781987185881


Publication Date:   04 September 2019
Format:   Pre-recorded MP3 player
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The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime


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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Wonderful... [Flanders] shines in her readings of literary novels containing criminal and detective elements, such as Oliver Twist, Mary Barton and Tess of the D'Urbervilles, but can be sharp and very funny about the vagaries of melodramatic and sensational plotting. -Wall Street Journal In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction Murder in Britain in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera--even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and England's new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other--the pioneers of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell. In this fascinating book, Judith Flanders retells the gruesome stories of many different types of murder--both famous and obscure--from the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper to the tragedies of the murdered Marr family in London's East End; Burke and Hare and their bodysnatching business in Edinburgh; and Greenacre, who transported his dismembered fiancee around town by omnibus. With an irresistible cast of swindlers, forgers, and poisoners, the mad, the bad and the dangerous to know, The Invention of Murder is both a gripping tale of crime and punishment, and history at its most readable.

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Author:   Judith Flanders ,  Jennifer M Dixon
Publisher:   Tantor Audio
Imprint:   Tantor Audio
ISBN:  

9781987185881


ISBN 10:   1987185889
Publication Date:   04 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Pre-recorded MP3 player
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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